The Re-designed Tourism Website is A One-Stop-Shop For All Travelers
by Jace Amodo, October 11, 2019 12:11pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Heads up local and foreign travelers! The Department of Tourism's (DOT) out and about to serve exemplary travel experience as the institution recently launched its re-designed website, https://philippines.travel, in October 2019. Prepare your travel bags because you might want to book your next domestic trip ASAP with the things you can do in DOT’s new website :
Tour Around Our 7,461 Islands
The Department of Tourism's updated website puts the Philippines' 7,107—err, 7,461—islands at the touch of our fingertips.
Discover the wonders of each region by clicking on the map located on the homepage. All the information you need, from the rich culture and heritage of Ilocos to the vast mountains and wildlife reserves of Soccksargen, are ready for the taking.
The map then redirects you to a neat display of cities and municipalities of the region you chose. Did you know that Rizal is the "Cradle of Philippine Art," and that the oldest known art (Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs from 3000 BC) is located in this province? Now you do.
Plan your next trip without the hassle
With all the essential travel information laid out, it makes sense that Philippines.travel becomes a local or foreigner's vacation-planning buddy. It is, perhaps, the most credible source for travelers, considering that it is backed by the Department of Tourism.
The re-designed website has three main tabs: See & Do; Where to Go; and Events & Festival—all of which are based on unique travel behaviors you’d want to keep tabs on.
Dive into the experience in Palawan. Climb one of the world's greatest wonders in Ifugao. Throw caution to the wind in Bukidnon. The See & Do tab allows visitors to plan their next trip based on their interests, be it dive spots, nature, sun and beach, food and hospitality, culture, or adventure. And yes, tourist destinations and activities are readily available.
If the See & Do tab is categorized by interests, the Where to Go tab is sort by places which, upon clicking, displays activities you can expect in that specific destination. It's amazing how the developers also included ETAs (expected time of arrival), ideal routes, and alternative ways to get there—that's less entry on our Commuter Diaries.
Meanwhile, the Events & Festival tab is where we learn how rich Filipino culture really is. Need a guide for Negros Occidental's MassKara Festival in October? How about Rizal's Higantes Festival in November and Pampanga's Giant Lantern Festival in December? It's all here and it's clear. On top of that, this tab informs tourists of the cultural appropriation, which is a testament that the website is, in fact, designed for the now.
Book your travels with ease
By integrating a travel booking system, this website springboards into our list of the top trusted travel partners—an icing on the cupcake, so to speak. The feature is made possible in partnership with Guide to the Philippines, a trusted source of travel guides and more than 500 best value travel products.
“Our new tourism website, https://philippines.travel, is a [one-stop-shop] for all your travel needs which includes information on our beautiful destinations to help you plan and book your next trip,” said DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
In a traveler's point-of-view, a one-stop-shop for sustainable tourism like https://philippines.travel is a breath of relief. In our local tour operators and tourism establishments POV, it's an opportunity to promote their kind service.
To say the 2019 Philippine Tourism website is hard-to-miss is an understatement. With every intention to link people and places together, the DOT's tailor-made, almost poignant innovation spells out the end of uncanny travel experience. We're in high spirits for our future trips, and we're sure you are too.